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Hannes Kaufmann


Hannes Kaufmann

Doctoral Researcher
at the Professorship for Political Theory


Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Political Science

Karl-Gloeckner-Strase 21E

D-35394 Giessen


Philosophikum II room E114

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Consultation Hours

Due to the current situation, office hours will be conducted online via Cisco Webex. Individual appointments can be made via Email.



05/2020 - now      

Junior Researcher at the Chair of Political Theory and the History of Ideas (Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide), Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen



Academic assistant at the Graduate Centre for Life Sciences (GGL), Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen



Student assistant at the Institute for Political Science, J.W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main



Student assistant at the Chair for Political Theory (Prof. Dr. Sandra Seubert), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt



Studies in Political Theory  (Master of Arts), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, TU Darmstadt, Universität Warschau



Studies in Political Science and History (Bachelor of Arts), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


Scholarships and Funding


Doctoral-Scholarship, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung



Membership at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen



AG „Theorie, Gesellschaft, Politik“, Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Coordinator)

Section „Human Rights and Democracy“ of the Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS), Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Speaker)

Deutsche Nachwuchsgesellschaft für Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften (DNGPS)



Research interests:

Critical Theory/ Social Theory

Theory of law and state


(In-)equality and (in-)justice

Exclusion and violence


Research project:

Doctoral Dissertation: Critique of law or Ciritque of Legal Culture? Approaching a materialist Theory of Law emanating from Adorno and Horkheimer




"Transformations of liberal reason. Migration politics and shifts in cultural self-interpretation" in OnCulture 10, 2020.

„When Silence Speaks Louder than Words: Tracing moments of ‚Verfremdung‘ in Contemporary Political Protests” (together with Gerlov van Engelenhoven). In: ecibs. Communications of the International Brecht Society 1/2019


Book and Conference reviews:

„Gerechtigkeit(stheorien) provinzialisieren. Bericht zum Workshop ‚Decolonizing Justice? Bringing Political Theory and Postcolonial Theory into Conversation’” (together with Sebastian Garbe). In: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie 1/2018.

„Legal Disruptions. Reconciling Dissent or Dissenting Reconciliation in and through Law?” [Review on: López Lerma, Mónica; Etxabe, Julen (Hrsg.): Rancière and Law. Abingdon, Oxon/ New York: Routledge, 2018.]”. In: KULT_online 54 (2018).

„Tackling the Crises (with and within Critical Theory)” [Review on: Deutscher, Penelope and Cristina Lafont (Hrsg.): Critical Theory in Critical Times. Transforming the Global Political & Economic Order. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.]”. In: KULT_online 53 (2018).



Talks and Workshops: 

10/2019: „From the destruction of nature to destructive naturalization”. Conference: Marx 2019 – climate change and the end of capitalism, Stockholm (Schweden)

07/2019: „Imagining Sovereignty“. Workshop: Migration and Imagination, Prato (Italien)

06/2019: „Verfremdung contra Entfremdung – Political Protests and the role of (stage) direction”. Conference of the International Brecht Society, Leipzig

05/2019: „Beyond ‚Tragedy’ and ‚Farce’. Critical Theory against authoritarian critiques of rights”. International Critical Theory Conference, Rom (Italien)

02/2019: Moderation of the Opening-Keynote-Lecture (Timothy Peters) and the Panel „Constructing Villains in the Media Discourse: Extremists and Radicals“.  Conference: Villains! Constructing Narratives of Evil, Gießen

12/2018: Conducting a workshop on „Vom Recht auf Kritik zur Kritik des Rechts“, Jahreskongress des Bundesarbeitskreises kritischer Jura-gruppen, Frankfurt am Main

06/2018: „When silence speaks louder than words: Theatricality and dramatization in contemporary Brechtian political protests” (together with Gerlov van Engelenhoven): Workshop. Baustelle Brecht II/Working with Brecht II, Berlin

05/2018: „‚All reification is forgetting.’ Adorno and Horkheimer on law and reification”. International Critical Theory Conference, Rom (Italien)

12/2017: „‚I fought the law and… the law won!’ On law’s alienating effects and the silencing of dissent”, Jahreskonferenz der Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia, Melbourne (Australien)

Seit 2017: Organisation and Coordination of regular Seminars of the AG „Theorie, Gesellschaft Politik“ at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (including seminars on Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, Jessica Benjamin, Judith Butler, on Populism, Authoritarianism and Emotions in Politics)

12/2016: Input and Moderation of the Panel „Political Violence/ Terror and Space” at the Reading Retreat on „Spatializing Terror and Insecurity”. Gießen

04/2016: Conducting a Workshop on „Rechtskritik(en). Zum Rechtsdenken bei Marx, Bloch und Neumann“, TU Darmstadt



Winter term 2021/22:

Seminar: Einführung in die Kritische Theorie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Winter term 2020/21:

Seminar: Recht und Kritik,  Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Proseminar: "Der Anteil der Anteillosen": Ungleichheit und Politik von den 'Rändern',  Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen


Summer term 2020:

Proseminar: Gerechtigkeit – Eine Einführung, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen


Summer term 2018:

Proseminar: Einführung in die Politische Theorie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen


Winter term 2016/17:

Autonomes Tutorium: Kritik(en) des liberalen Rechtsdenkens, TU Darmstadt